maybe don't make fun of your sources

So yesterday, some Daily Mail editor tweeted out the transcript of a quote from a 17-year-old source, ostensibly to make fun of the fact that teen girls don’t talk exactly like older white dudes, and as the writer Laura Bassett pointed out, ummm that is extremely gross behavior and bad journalism??

As our fave J-school professor once said, if you’re going to edit out filler words or correct grammar to help make a senator sound better, you better be doing it for every other source. You’re supposed to be a journalist, buddy. Not a clunky transcription service!